ReWild the Child NWA. LLC was founded when we recognized a need in our community for kids to have an adventurous sensory integrative play experience and reconnect with nature and detox from screen time.
Practicing in a clinic environment as pediatric occupational therapists, we have worked with children of all ages to assist in sensory processing, motor skills, and self-regulation in order to participate in all areas of their activities of daily living successfully. Although a clinic environment is extremely useful, we saw the benefit of a sensory rich experience of outdoor play. Our nature-based therapy services and nature camps are for all children to enrich imaginative play.
Research has shown that time spent playing outdoors is beneficial for the health of all children both physically and emotionally. A few of the positive benefits of outdoor play may include:
- Reduced anxiety and improved self-esteem
- Improved sensory processing
- Improved motor abilities/balance
- Strengthened immune system
- Increased eye-hand coordination
- Increased attention
- Improved problem solving and creativity
- Increased social skills
- Improved mood and regulation
Our understanding and training in child development allow us to guide play exploration that is natural and inspiring. We want to provide a safe experience for the children of Northwest Arkansas to reconnect with the adventure of outdoor play beyond the backyard.
Christy & Melissa
Christy Pierce, MOT, OTR/L
Melissa Wells, COTA/L, CIMI